John D. Kelly IV, MD, is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses his blog on helping surgeons reduce stress while achieving balance in their practices and families.

Lessons from flight instructors illustrate the value of 'preflight' and 'postflight' checks

September 6, 2012

Several years ago I attended an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lecture given by a military flight instructor. He compared preparation for flying missions to…

Reflections on Uncle Tony, a real hero

August 20, 2012

Yesterday I visited my Uncle Tony – Anthony Kosierowski – in a nursing home in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Uncle Tony is 90 years old and is receiving hospice care…

Draw upon the 'Art of Surgery'

July 3, 2012

In a previous blog, I mentioned the value of preparation as a means to bring your “A” game to the operating room. I delineated the 5 Ps: prepare…

More on the scourge of perfectionism

June 4, 2012

I recently had the privilege of participating in a Stress Rx instructional course lecture at the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting. I enjoyed…

Our soldiers and the orthopedic surgeons who care for them

April 30, 2012

Last week, thanks to the invitation of my good friend, Col. Richard Schaefer, MD, I had the profound privilege of visiting our wounded warriors at Walter…

Marriage retreat

April 13, 2012

A few weekends ago, my wife, Marie, and I made a marriage retreat. We joined 12 other couples and learned more about how to grow in intimacy and love for another. Taking…

Recharge your batteries

February 14, 2012

I just returned from 5 lovely days in paradise. For the fifth consecutive year, my wife and I travelled to Hawaii for the Orthopedics Today Hawaii course. As is…

Lessons learned from Mother Teresa on proactivity

January 30, 2012

Leadership Guru Steven Covey helped develop the term “proactive.” He defined a proactive life as a product of one’s decisions, not conditions. Furthermore, the proactive…

Smokin Joe’s lessons for life

December 2, 2011

Philadelphia recently lost its favorite son, “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier. Smoke, as he preferred to be called, was a true modern day warrior and possessed a…

How to deal with less than perfect surgical results

September 26, 2011

Last week I performed a reconstruction of a chronically dislocated AC joint. I thought the surgery went well, until I glanced at the postop X-ray taken in the recovery…